Knowledge & Information: Where Do I See the World
I am really interested in the idea of information and knowledge. I don’t have a vision yet for what I want to do with this interest but here are my ideas nonetheless.
There is a lot of information. The amount of information used to double every 17 years back when the computer was first invented. Now it doubles every 12 months, and soon it would double every 12 hours.
I love learning. I enjoy learning new things and applying them and I enjoy when I see other people learn. I think its becoming very challenging to know what to learn: to know what is good information and bad information (this has been clear after the whole Fake News + Facebook Scandals).
But its not just whats morally good and whats morally bad. It’s also whats good and whats bad quality, whats useful and whats not.
Another challenge I find is repetitiveness of information online. The same information is over. There is little new content. New content is definitely not doubling every 12 months.
I envision a way to distill knowledge. Imagine if we can distill all this data.
Where do I see the world
The following section can be read in any order you want. You can go from 30 years -> 1 year or vide versa. I would recommend you read it both ways because you will get an idea of how I see the world changing.
Where do I see the world in 30 years
In 30 days, the internet would completely be revamped. The internet was wrong. The ideas are good but we must rebuild the foundations (not necessarily TCP/IP but potentially HTTP, HTML, CSS and JS). I think everything will be consumed through video and voice. I am not advocating for the written word to die but I know it will. When the printing press was invented, the amount people memorized went down, but at the same time, the amount of knowledge went up and people specialized.
Voice + Video is going to take over, no more words. Words take a lot to deliver the same amount of information (you know the saying a picture is worth a thousand words).
People will produce content. Our technology to transcribe text and understand natural language will be superb. But we will have technology that just distills information for us. The problem will always be morality of brain-washing vs feeding good information. But the technology will be there. It can be there.
Are pictures even a thing in 30 years? I am not sure. I think it might be just videos and voice.
Where do I see the world in 10 years
I would like to see the personal computer dead. Honestly I want to see it revamped. By now if I don’t have a touch-screen tablet style device that is capable of doing everything at a cheap price (I know I know the Surface is here but it’s very expensive and unaffordable for everyone). We need a Ford of computing that will bring the tablet to everyone.
I do see information being created via visuals only and thus the need for the tablet. People will be creating infographics and videos mainly, recording videos and podcast. We will need new devices to do these things.
The e-reader will have possible become an e-writer, but maybe an e-camera. Oh wait cameras already exist, and we have the cellphone. So there needs to be something that allows us to take videos and record content easily and edit it on the fly.
Yes ubiquitous computing will win. Internet of Things devices and wearables are going to be the way to unlock this. There is no need for wearables right now except for those who run. But for content creators they will be huge and for those who want information on the go it will be huge.
Where do I see the world in 5 years
We would have solved the relevancy of information and applicability. We can track what people know (I know its scary), but we can also have it be input to the system.
The distilling technology will improve greatly and will now support video and audio. BUT HOW? How can we put two video clips together and expect them to melt together. The answer is I don’t know. That doesn’t matter. what matters is that it needs to happen. Let’s put people on it and we will find an answer.
The answer could be that we have to keep going from prose and rerecording. the answer might be that we have technology that can reproduce someones voice and facial movement and therefore we can introduce auto generated content. There are machines that can create articles now. Those machines can create videos. Will that kill creativity? Maybe? But we as humans will find new ways to express art (and hopefully we won’t just be starting wars in our free time).
Should the content be owned by the people? Yes but no. There is simply too much information, how can we make this information useful is important.
I also think we can then distinguish between opinions and knowledge. Opinions will be artistic. Knowledge could be distilled (opinions also but they can always link to actual opinions content). I think creativity and automated/distilled knowledge can live together and complement each other
I also would like to see the newspaper dead. Not because I hate newspapers, I really love them. I loved the idea. I have this idea that anybody who has a daily subscription to a newspapers is sophisticated and smart. But I think the publishers are using us. They are abusing us. They use information against us. And in the digital world, that shouldn’t happen. The newspapers need to die and resurrect again as something better and more transparent.
Where do I see the world in 1 year
I can distill written information (and possibly transcribed audio/video) from the internet. There needs to be several components to this:
- A way to crawl the internet but group information close to what it relates to. This technology already exists to some extend
- A way to distill information from a bunch of related articles into one cohesive prose that contains all information but NOT MORE AND NOT LESS
- A way to customize for level of readability, choice of words, and also skills level. I don’t want to read introduction to finance 101 every time I want to read about stock market. How do we actually determine the level of usefulness of information. This will always be the challenge
I know I am removing the art of the writing. I am removing the essence and the joy and taking words just to their basic elements of prose. But I would argue that must not be the case. When people starting taking pictures or taking videos: think when Facebook and Snapchat became popular, did that take out the human element of our communication or did it make it more vivid.
I think distilling knowledge will provide for new opportunities of art. Visual Art. Voice Art. Those things will be obvious. And collating/distilling information in itself will be an art.
I am not working on these ideas right now at work or anything. I would love to work with people who might share the same visions about knowledge with me. If you happen to read this page please send me an email, I would love to talk.